Palestinian factions call for swapping 3 captive soldiers 2006-07-15 20:07:35

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    GAZA, July 15 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian factions' Follow-up Committee on Saturday called on Arab nations to begin negotiations with Israel to swap three Israeli soldiers for Palestinian and Lebanese prisoners held in Israeli prisons.

    The committee made the call in a letter sent to the Council of Arab Foreign Ministers which convened in Cairo on Saturday to discuss regional pressing issues, especially Israel's ongoing attacks against Lebanon.

    In the letter, the committee said that negotiations must be sponsored by the United Nations to exchange two Israeli soldiers, held by Lebanese Hizbollah, and a third one held by Palestinian militants, for Lebanese and Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

    It asked the Arab foreign ministers to pressurize international decision makers to put an end to the Israeli aggressions against the Palestinians and Lebanon.

    The committee also called on the Arab nations to overcome their differences and take a united stance to pressurize the U.S. administration and force it to reconsider its positions that are aligned to Israel.

    It called on the international community and the G8 summit held in Russia to stop Israel's military operations in the Palestinian territories and Lebanon. Enditem

Editor: Zhu Jin
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